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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – #AndersonCooper Challenges #MarianneWilliamson On #MentalHealth Remarks

While the presidential candidate kept trying to explain “normal human despair,” the #CNN anchor grilled her about comments related to clinical #depression.


By Sanjana Karanth

Author #MarianneWilliamson faced a tense exchange Thursday night when the #Democratic presidential candidate was grilled about her rhetoric surrounding #mentalhealth and antidepressants.

In an interview, CNN’s Anderson Cooper brought up Williamson’s past comments that antidepressants meant to be prescribed for clinical depression actually “numb” or “mask” pain that should be felt.REAL LIFE. REAL NEWS. REAL VOICES.Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.Become a founding member

“If you’re on an antidepressant, you’re not numbing your pain,” Cooper said. “You’re actually trying to feel again, no?”

“Well, some people would argue that, some people not,” Williamson responded.

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“If you’re on an antidepressant, you’re not numbing your pain. You’re actually trying to feel again.”@AndersonCooper challenges presidential candidate @marwilliamson on her record on #mentalhealth, vaccines, and antidepressants.https://cnn.it/2MA5nWC 4,9756:46 PM – Aug 1, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 1,948 people are talking about this

There was a clear dissonance in the conversation between the two, as Williamson continued to talk about the “normal human despair” that includes emotions like sadness and grief, while Cooper talked about the illness and chemical imbalance in the brain that is clinical #depression. 

Cooper also criticized Williamson for referring to clinical #depression as a “scam,” a comment she made while recording a podcast in November 2018 with actor Russell Brand. The author apologized both Wednesday on MSNBC and Thursday on Cooper’s show.

This is the third time in recent days that Williamson has faced backlash for her comments on #mentalhealth. The New York Times published an interview with her Saturday in which Williamson defended a tweet criticizing antidepressants that she posted after designer Kate Spade died by #suicide last year.

The Times noted that there was no explicit evidence Spade took antidepressants, though Williamson said in the interview she believes clinical depression is real but that there has been too much of a “medicalization of normal human despair.”

Anderson Cooper 360°@AC360

“Putting out a blanket tweet… on the day somebody has died, implying that they were on antidepressants and that’s what caused their #suicide… seems irresponsible.”@AndersonCooper addresses presidential candidate @MarWilliamson‘s #mentalhealth comments.https://cnn.it/2MA5nWC 7407:27 PM – Aug 1, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 696 people are talking about this

“Putting out a blanket tweet … on the day somebody has died, implying that they were on antidepressants and that’s what caused their #suicide … seems irresponsible,” Cooper told Williamson, who responded while shaking her head, “I could say the same thing about you, given how many pharmaceutical companies advertise on your show.”

Cooper’s brother, Carter Cooper, died by #suicide in 1988 at 23 years old. He has written about the death and his own journey navigating grief and loss.

After the #CNN interview, Williamson tweeted, “I didn’t expect such an aggressive conversation with [Cooper] but I figure it’s good rehearsal for debating #DonaldTrump.”

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